Kiyonari brushes off another difficult weekend

Another difficult weekend drops Ryuichi Kiyonari 71 points behind championship leading team-mate Shane Byrne, though he remains on the cusp of a title shootout slot.
Ryuichi Kiyonari says he is determined to turn around a poor run of form that has seen him score just seven points over the last four races.

The reigning champion made a good start to his title defence with victory at Oulton Park, but struggled throughout the weekend at Croft, before proving only marginally more competitive at Thruxton.

Indeed, Kiyonari, who finished tenth in race one at Thruxton and just 19th in race two, places much on the emphasis on the wet weather conditions over the course of race day, the Japanese rider claiming he couldn't get confidence on the HM Plant Honda.

“This weekend we were feeling better after free practice and finding more confidence and we had good settings for the dry conditions. Then it rained for the races and it was disappointing as we had the same problem in both.

“We had tried different settings compared to Croft but I just couldn't get the confidence to push harder and it was at times a bit scary for me. We will work hard to be fast again at the next round as we need to fight for the championship.”

Crucially for Kiyonari, though he is now 71 points behind championship leading team-mate Shane Byrne in the standings, he still remains well in contention for a top six shootout position having dropped just outside in seventh. Even so, HM Plant Honda Havier Beltran admits his rider needs to improve next time out at Knockhill.

“Kiyo we thought had turned it around this weekend and could be running back at the front; he did laps and we were working on the set-up but we are still not completely there. It is obviously not where we need to be; we have the belief in him and know he can perform outstandingly so we need to resolve it for Knockhill.”

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 12:49 PM

The old air bleed system to help downshifts was outlawed by the FIM so the HM Plant bikes have been fitted with a new blipper system. The Tyco bikes have also been fitted with the new system. It was previously reported that Kiyo was struggling to adapt to the new system. Some days Kiyo is unbeatable in the wet or the dry and some days he is frankly embarassing - whether that is down to Kiyo or the bike or the alignment of the planets or all three seems to be unknown even to the man himself.

dont worry son - Unregistered

June 03, 2011 6:56 AM

poor kiyo! he looks like he is about to cry in this photo. Hope he finds his mojo soon. When hes on form there is no one that can touch him. Remember the final round of 2010? he blew everyonoe outta the park

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